Should I Pull the Trigger on this 2015 rMBP 13 256GB? (£1039) Amazon Third Party Seller

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  1. geokarbou macrumors member

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    Hello everyone,

    so following yesterday's Apple yawnfest I can't wait any longer for a Skylake refresh because I need a new laptop now.

    I was wondering what's your opinion on this model: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Apple-13-In...ue&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_1&smid=A351H7NZY6POKK

    It's a 2015 rMBP 13 256gb.

    I have read somewhere in here that buying from third party sellers on Amazon is a no-no.

    The thing is that, the 256gb model here in Greece, if I were to buy it from an Apple official retailer, costs: 1799€ ($2017 yes it's ridiculous).

    On that third party amazon.co.uk seller(which ships in Greece) it costs £1039 (1316€ or $1476) so I save 1799 - 1316 = 483€ / $541. This is huge (sorry for all the currencies but to have a reference).

    The seller has a high rating, it is the 2015 model and they say it has EU/UK standard 1 year Apple Care.

    What does your experience say? Should I avoid third party amazon sellers altogether and buy it through an Apple store? On the other hand I can't justify spending $541 more, it's crazy.

    Edit: I thought I was posting in /buying tips and advice but was mistaken. If the thread is in the wrong place could a moderator move it accordingly please...
     
  2. xb2003 macrumors 6502

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    I've bought some smaller items from 3rd party sellers. See if you can find some information about the seller. Like EBay, sellers are often businesses that will have a return policy and what not.

    Could you find a retina pro that isn't so over priced?
     
  3. geokarbou thread starter macrumors member

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    The reviews I read about them and the QnA are all positive.

    You mean to find a retina Macbook Pro in Greece that it isn't that over priced? Unfortunately. not

    Look at those prices, I can't justify buying from an Apple Store:
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    I would go with my chances with a third party amazon seller. In the end I can always return it and ask for a refund from Amazon. All these sellers fall under Amazon's policies, don't they?
     
  4. BoneDaddy Suspended

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    I bought a 2014, 15" 16GB RAM, TB, retina, almost brand new off of an eBay business for $1900, that buys and sells Macs. I got a warranty with him, and was able to get extended warranty under Apple. The laptop came with 3 battery cycles, in box, with everything so new it smelled it.

    So if it's a great deal to you, do your research, but follow your gut. Personally I've never had any huge issues with eBay sellers. However, Amazon, I am not too happy with. But some people's experiences are the other way around. Go with your gut.
     
  5. r6mile macrumors 6502

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    Do they have an Apple refurbished store in Greece? They do in the UK and in Spain for example.
     
  6. geokarbou thread starter macrumors member

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    Unfortunately not.
     
  7. osnola ibax macrumors member

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    I bought a retina MacBook used from a 3rd Party Seller in January. They were an official Apple reseller, which you can check on the Apple website.

    Similarly to you, the item cost €1000 where as it would have been €1500 new.

    The item had 4 battery cycles, looked absolutely brand new, and is under warranty until January 2017. One of the best purchases I have ever made. iClearancestore was their name.
     
  8. geokarbou thread starter macrumors member

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    This is listed as brand new, sealed. I'll guess I'll look into it a little more and then probably buy it. I can always return it should there be something wrong.

    If it wasn't for such a big difference($541) I would buy it from the official Apple Store here without second thoughts.
     

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